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Dr. Patrick Sutton

Instructor of Guitar


Education

  • D.M.A., Doctor of Musical Arts, University of Colorado, 2014
  • M.M., Master of Music, University of Denver, 2010
  • B.M., Bachelor of Music, University of Denver, 2007

Teaching Specialties

  • Classical Guitar
  • Chamber Music
  • Commercial Guitar

Research Interests

  • Chamber Music
  • Classical Guitar Performance
  • Guitar Literature
  • International Educational Outreach

Biography

Dr. Patrick Sutton is an award-winning guitarist, chamber musician and recording artist from Evergreen, Colorado. He was a featured artist at the 2016 Guitar Foundation of America Convention. His eclectic performing and teaching career has taken him to conflict zones, three coasts of Africa, both ends of Vietnam, border towns, major cities, as well as myriad music societies, universities, and concert halls in-between. Recent concerts and masterclasses include the Florida Guitar Foundation, Portland International Guitar Series, International Guitar Artist Series at the Minnesota Guitar Society, Knoxville Guitar Society, University of Cape Town in South Africa, Shanghai Conservatory in China, and the Canadian Embassy of Afghanistan. Patrick also recently performed and taught as a Juilliard Global Visiting Artist at Nord Anglia international schools in Bratislava, Budapest, Dublin, Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and New York City. Recent engagements as an electric guitarist include concerts in Cairo and Alexandria with Egyptian fusion group, The Nour Project, and a concert tour of Poland with the Memphis Mix soul band. In 2018, Patrick was one of twelve musicians including James Taylor, Carly Simon and Natasha Bedingfield, to compose original music for the interactive art installation, “Come to Your Senses” at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA).

His trailblazing cello & guitar duo, the Patterson/Sutton Duo, have been hailed by the Strad magazine for their “wit and imagination” and by BBC Music Magazine for their “beguiling sound”. The duo perform often as guest-artists throughout the United States and abroad. The duo’s research in the field of cello and guitar performance has also culminated in chamber music lecture-recitals at multiple venues, including the International Guitar Research Center at the University of Surrey in the UK and the Dublin Guitar Symposium. Patrick’s ongoing collaboration with University of Massachusetts flute professor Cobus du Toit, has led to recordings of new and lesser-known chamber music including an upcoming recording of the complete chamber works of Jacques Castérède for the Naxos record label. In 2014, the du Toit/Sutton Duo gave a nine-concert tour throughout South Africa to critical acclaim. Their eclectic debut album, Trîptico features new music by world renown composer and guitarist Ricardo Iznaola.

Patrick is a strong believer in the transformative power of educational outreach in developing countries. While in Kabul, Afghanistan for guest artist residencies in 2014 and 2015, Patrick worked with the budding generation of young Afghan musicians at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music and helped set up a year-by-year curriculum for the guitar program. Patrick also recently taught and performed at the Atlas Music Academy’s “Chopin in the Forest” music festival in Beni M’tir, Tunisia.

Dr. Sutton’s principle teachers have been Ricardo Iznaola and Jonathan Leathwood. He currently serves as guitar faculty at the University of Memphis and Arkansas State University.